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Italian archaeologists have discovered the fossilized remains of nine Neanderthals at a cave nearby Rome

The Italian Culture Ministry announced the discovery Saturday, saying it affirmed the Guattari Cave at San Felice Circeo has been”among the most critical areas on the planet for its foundation of Neanderthals.” A Neanderthal skull was found at the cave in 1939.

The fossilized bones comprise skulls, skull fragments, two teeth along with other bone fragments. The earliest remains date from between 100,000 and 90,000 decades back, while another eight Neanderthals are thought to date from 50,000-68,000 decades back, that the Culture Ministry said in a statement.

The excavations, started in 2019, included part of the cave which had not been researched, including a pond initially noticed from the anthropologist Alberto Carlo Blanc, who’s credited with all the 1939 Neanderthal skull detection.

Culture Minister Dario Franceschini called the finding”an outstanding discovery which is going to be the conversation of earth.”

Anthropologist Mauro Rubini explained the high number of stays suggest an important population of Neanderthals,”the first human culture where we could talk.”

Archaeologists said the cave had flawlessly maintained the surroundings of 50,000 decades back.